Courses & Units

Marine Navigation JND292


On completion of this unit, students will have the skills, knowledge and good understanding of navigational charts and relevant publications including information sources regarding the principles of passage planning. Students will acquire the skills to plan and conduct a safe navigational passage, taking into account tidal calculations for different locations on the planned route. They will be able to fix the ship's position through terrestrial plotting to determine the courses and distances on the earth's surface. Position fixing is complemented by observation of celestial bodies, taking into account the astronomical events and their method of computations. Students will also learn application of celestial and terrestrial errors for position fixing. The unit encompasses the application of basic principles of navigation including knowledge required for navigation in high latitudes.
This unit meet the requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency set out by the current Maritime Training Package, the STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments) and Table A-II/1 of the STCW code.


Unit name Marine Navigation
Unit code JND292
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Coordinator Doctor Samrat Ghosh
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use principles of trigonometry to calculate courses to steer and voyage distance.
  • Interpret, use, and care for nautical charts and publications to plan a passage for the intended voyage.
  • Use celestial bodies and terrestrial objects to determine the ship’s position.
  • Determine compass errors using celestial and terrestrial means to allow for such errors.
  • Use tidal information for safe navigation of vessel during the voyage.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,967.00

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AssessmentStudent agreement quiz|Assessment Task 1: Online Quiz (10%)|Assessment Task 3: Term Test (20%)|Final Exam (70%)|Assessment Task 2: Passage Planning (Coursework)
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